Waiting until your ceiling leaks is not the best way to determine it’s time to get a new roof. Ryan Reinalda from Above All Roofing shares when and why to update sooner rather than later.
The average roof in Minnesota lasts only 13 years, though this number can be as high as 30 or as low as 10. “I recommend every five years, hire a roofing professional to inspect the roof,” says Reinalda, though if you’ve just replaced your roof, it might not be necessary after the first five years. After that, you’ll want to start having it inspected as a precautionary measure.
One of the biggest signs it’s time for a new roof is excessive granular loss, says Reinalda. As snow melts or rain falls, homeowners may notice shingle grit or granules in their lawn or driveway. “That’s a pretty good sign the roof is wearing out,” he says. Have a professional come take a look and let you know for sure.
Another sign it’s time for an inspection is if you have moisture on the ceilings. Also, a visual inspection of your roof can show a lot, says Reinalda. “Even from the ground, a visual inspection can give away curling or cracking.”
Why to update now
By updating your roof sooner rather than later, you can save yourself a whole host of problems. First and foremost, you should update to avoid springing a leak rather than waiting until you already have one. Some of this comes down to insurance: would you rather pay for a new roof along with your insurance deductible or just for your new roof? Beyond insurance, updating sooner might catch a leak early, before it’s had a chance to make its way through all of the substrate and make it to your ceiling, saving you money in the long run.
Curb appeal is also a great reason to update your roof. If you’re considering selling your home in the near future, a new roof is a great way to instantly update the look of your home. There are dozens of color options for the fiberglass asphalt mixed shingled used by Above All Roofing and most roofing companies so you can create the look that best fits your home.
Even if you’re not planning on selling for a few years, roofs look new for several years. Putting on a new roof now will give your home a great look now that you can enjoy and will still look great a few years from now if you do decide to sell. Plus you’ll get to enjoy all of the benefits of a new roof.
Another unseen benefit is having proper ventilation. “Ventilation is a huge problem, especially in Minnesota,” says Reinalda. During the winter, warm air from the home rises and meets cold air in the attic, creating frost. The frost thaws in the spring and now there is moisture in the attic. “We are trained to consult and help with ventilation problems. Your shingles will last twice as long if your ventilation is correct.”
If you have any concerns or doubts about your roof, it’s always better to have a professional come look at it. Taking action now could save you time and money in the long run.